English 1C: Critical Reasoning & Writing

Fall 2012 

Primo Levi

Alice Walker

Virginia Woolf James Baldwin

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There is currently a waiting list of students wanting to get into the course. I will drop students who do not log into the classroom within twenty-four hours.

If you would like to add my course, please email me and indicate your desire to add. Please detail why you are adding late and why you need this course. I will provide add codes to students when and if and when spaces become available. This is a full course. Thank you.


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Contact Information:
Cheryl Chaffin       
Gavilan College English Department
Phone: 831.840.2842 (mobile)          
Email: cchaffin@gavilan.edu or chaffinwriter@gmail.com                

Office hours: if you would like to schedule a phone or Skype appointment, please email the instructor. I'm also online frequently in the classroom.

Please note that email is the very best way to reach me, as I'm online much of the time.

Date, Time, & Place  
Online (Wed, August 29 through Fri, December 15, 2012)

This class meets entirely online. This means the class website is our classroom. Students are required to complete assigned readings, writings, online discussion, short assignments, and projects daily. Students are required to meet all assignment due dates and to participate regularly and continually in the class.  Expect to work on- and offline for about twenty to thirty hours each week (depending on your skills and commitment) —about the same amount of time you would spend in a traditional class. Inform me immediately if you are having problems, as an online course can be confusing at first.


If you do not log into the class by Thursday, August 30 at 11:55 p.m., you risk losing your place to any of the many students on the waiting list. 


English 1C

Critical Reasoning & Writing      

Units: 3 Hours: 3 Lecture
Prerequisite: English 1A with a grade of “C” or better.
Transferable: CSU; UC; CSU-GE: A3; IGETC: 1B; GAV-GE: C2

This course continues emphasis on English composition skills with focus on techniques and principles of writing effective arguments. Students learn to use critical thinking skills characterized by the ability to do such things as analyze, explain, deduce, solve problems, suggest solutions, synthesize, and understand. Students will: formulate and express opinions based on information and ideas drawn from class readings, discussions, and life experience; explain and support theses with relevant information and evidence, distinguishing between various kinds of argument and lines of argumentative reasoning; and, evaluate the soundness of arguments based on information and multiple viewpoints. Develops writing and reading skills for logical reasoning and argumentation.

Work required:

3 essays


Essay proposals


Class forum
discussions & short assignments

Final research paper

Moodle Orientation 

If you've never taken an online course, I recommend the online orientation in Intro to Online Gavilan (LIB 732), available on your iLearn log in page under "My Courses."This is a free, non-graded course that will help you learn the Moodle course system at Gavilan and refine your online learning skills and ability to succeed in distance education courses. Highly recommended, especially for students new to online learning.

Students are responsible for learning how to navigate and utilize the Moodle online classroom, and for arranging reliable access to computer and Internet.

Required & Recommended Texts   

Some of these books are available at the Gavilan College Bookstore under my name, the course name, and section number.  Please check the course syllabus to see what you will need to read in each book and for specific assignments in them.

Required Texts: (available at Gavilan College Bookstore)
• Eight Modern Essayists (6th Ed.) by William Smart
• Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi (Touchstone 1996)

Required and Posted in the Online Classroom:

• Online readings (posted as downloadable PDF files in the classroom)


• Guide to MLA citation and style. I've posted links to two helpful MLA style guides in the classroom.

Syllabus For more details, see the class syllabus.  Syllabus will be visible beginning Wed, August 29 at 7:00AM.


Please email cchaffin@gavilan.edu
for questions or comments. Updated

Monday, August 20, 2012.